Having three big meals a day might work for some people, but for most of us it’s better to have smaller meals and snacks in between to keep our energy up throughout the day. With the amount of pre-packaged snacks available in every shop and on every corner it’s easy to slip into bad habits and snack on chocolates and chips, but we know that it’s not good for our health, or energy and our general well being. So to keep the temptation away, we compiled a list of healthy snacks, some homemade and some store bought, that you can bring with you to work.
1. Snack Jars
These easy grab and go snack jars are a lifesaver for those of you who just needs to snack throughout the day and will eat anything they find. So instead of grabbing that cookie or a pack of chips you can prepare these snack jars ahead of time (it’ll only take a couple of minutes) and grab them from the fridge on the way to work.
2. Yogurt and Fruit
Another easy option is just having some yogurt with fruit. You can even buy both ingredients in the store next to work. The key here is to buy those two ingredients separately. Plain yogurt or maybe even a little tub of Greek yogurt and some fruit or berries. Don’t be a victim of advertising and don’t buy those sweet fruity yogurts – they’re just full of sugar and aren’t good for you.
If you like having something crunchy as a snack – popcorn might be a good option. But make sure you either but air popped popcorn or make it at home before and bring a portion with you. You don’t want that buttery kind coated in yellow dust that’s meant to be cheese – it’s full of trans fats and can be quite calorific.
4. Raw Nuts
Another crunchy option is a handful of raw nuts. They’re full of healthy fats and protein, they’re good for your health and they will keep you full longer. However, portion control is essential with nuts, because it’s easy to overeat with them. We suggest you have a small handful at a time and then give yourself half an hour to see if you feel full. Chances are you will.
5. Apples and Peanut Butter
Eating an apple whole might feel a bit awkward in the office, plus it might seem like a very boring snack. But if you cut it into slices and dip it into some peanut butter – it becomes the best snack ever.
6. Dark Chocolate
When you’re craving something sweet there’s nothing wrong with having a bit of chocolate, but try to go for dark chocolate. Something with at least 70% cacao or higher. Chocolate is actually a good source of magnesium which is great for stress management.
7. Roasted Chickpeas
You can make these at home and it’ll be a very filling and cheap snack. Plus, if you actually make them yourself you get to customize the flavor by adding whichever spices you prefer be it some chilly or smoked paprika or maybe some Mediterranean herbs.
8. Copycat Starbucks PB&J Bistro Box
You could go to Starbucks to get this, or you could make it ahead at home. Let’s just say the second option is way cheaper and more customizable , but ultimately the choice is up to you.
9. Superfood Chocolate Bites
Instead of having chocolate chip cookies you can easily make these chocolate superfood bites at home. They’re way more delicious and nutritious for you. Just melt some dark chocolate, arrange it on parchment paper into little circles and put some raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits on top. Freeze them and voila – you’ve got your own custom made chocolate bites.
Dates are a great snack and a good replacement for sweets and chocolates. They’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth but without any detriment to your teeth or diet. Plus, dates are generally very sweet and filling so you only need like 3 for a snack.
11. Granola Bars
Granola bars are great for snacks or for a quick breakfast on the go if you overslept. It’s beast to just make a batch at home and they’ll usually last you about a week, but you can also definitely buy some granola bars at the store, just make sure that they’re sugar free, or at least if they have sugar it’s closer to the end on the list of ingredients.
12. Banana Bread
Banana bread is a great snack to have on a coffee break. It’s delicious and sweet without any added sugar, it goes well with tea or coffee. The only think you have to look out of are your coworkers who’ll definitely want a slice too, so maybe bring enough to share.